Jim Craig – Head Bhoy Joe Ledley and Bad Bhoy John Gilchrist

John Gilchrist was a right half who joined Celtic from St Anthony’s juniors in May 1919 at the age of 20 and made his first-team debut against Dumbarton in a league match on 18th August 1919.

Over the following four years, John made 134 appearances for Celtic, his meagre tally of six goals suggesting that he was a defensively – rather than offensively – minded performer.

He also seemed, unfortunately, to be the type of character who stood up to Willie Maley rather than kow-tow to him and they had more than one set-to. Even worse, John seemed to be the type of guy who had ‘a good conceit of himself’ and this self-belief was only increased when he was picked for Scotland versus England at Villa Park on 8 April 1922.

Unfortunately, in the months following his ‘cap’, John’s behaviour deteriorated and in January 1923, he was suspended sine die by the club for ‘wilful inattention to training’.

On this day in 1923, John Gilchrist was transferred to Preston North End for the princely sum – at the time – of £4,500.

Many Happy Returns to Joe Ledley, born on this day at Cardiff in 1987.

Jim Craig

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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